One of the survivors of Monday morning’s fatal accident has credited the bus driver Michael “Sing The Song’ Doussa for preventing further loss of life after a government truck, assigned to the Bordelais Correctional Facility, slammed into the minibus on the Bexon Highway, killing one of the passengers.
The accident, which occurred shortly after 10 a.m., took the life of 31-year-old Randy John of Crownlands, Bexon.
The eyewitness, who agreed not to be identified in this article, was sitting in the front seat of the bus with his fiance.
He said the bus, fully loaded with passengers, was heading to Bexon after leaving the Bexon bus stand in central Castries.
Three people – a woman and her two children – stopped near the tunnel road, the eyewitness said.
Tragedy struck a few minutes later.
“The truck was heading towards town (Castries). It looked like it was out of control. The bus driver saw something was wrong and tried to send the minibus off road. He successfully got the front out of the truck’s way, but the truck still got in contact with the minibus rear end.
“One male individual (Randy John) got hit straight-on by the truck because he sat closer to the window. The truck would’ve collided with the bus face-on if the minibus driver didn’t react quickly. Another elderly lady to the back seat got injuries to her right leg, while another female got struck by the male’s head (Randy) and burst her upper lip.”
He described the scene immediately after the crash.
“Everyone came off the bus shocked. We tried opening the back door of the minibus so the male individual who suffered all the impact couldn’t suffocate, but it was too late.”
“No he wasn’t (alive). His brains came out his nose, blood was pouring down his face as he laid flat.”
The eyewitness said he did not know the dead passenger. “The bus driver called us to check his face to identify him but his face was crushed so we couldn’t identify him.”
The truck ran off the road and plunged front-first into the bushes. The truck driver, identified by police as Cecile Daniel of Marchand, Castries, was “shocked”, according to the survivor.
The passengers were angry with the truck driver but they did not try to harm him, the survivor said.
“He (truck driver) came over. He said he thought everyone was dead. He said the steering wheel locked on him while he took the corner. He had on his uniform. He was a Bordelais driver,” he said.
The Bexon bus driver was not only in shock but in sorrow. The passenger showered praises on him for his quick action.
“I am so thankful for the driver “Sing The Song”. He was experienced in the field of driving. If not, we all would have been dead.
“He (bus driver) wasn’t happy because he tried his best to avoid it and someone still got hurt. I heard people say he is normally a careful driver. He has over 40 years of experience.”
The eyewitness said he is “grateful” to be alive.
“I didn’t suffer any major injuries, but woke up this morning limping and my fiance told me her waist hurts now,” he said.
“It could have been worst. Through Christ all is possible. It might not be my time yet, but I will keep thanking the Almighty for every single step he guides me through each day.”
In a press release, police said that on Monday, July 27, 2015, at about 10:30 a.m. officers attached to the Traffic Unit responded to a report of a serious accident on the Bexon Road.
The release further stated: “Motor truck, registration number SLG3166, driven by Cecile Daniel of Marchand, Castries was travelling in a northerly direction and motor omnibus, registration number M895, driven by Michael Doussa of Bexon, was travelling in the opposite direction when they collided.
“As a result of the collision both vehicles received damage and 31-year-old Randy John of Bexon, a passenger on board the motor omnibus, sustained serious injuries to the head.
“John was transported to the Victoria Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
“Investigations continue into this matter.”